- Country: Zimbabwe
- Website: n/a
- Social media: Twitter: @ZWACT_ZW
- Focal point: Sandra Matendere, Director
Mission and vision
ZWACT is a non profit making organization dedicated to campaign against corruption highlighting its devastating impact on women and girls in Zimbabwean communities. We envision to see a society where women and girls fully participate in anti-corruption initiatives through demanding transparency and accountability duty bearers.
Priority areas your organisation is working on
The focus on strengthening women’s participation in anti-corruption, governance and decision making initiatives. We focus on gendered impact of corruption especially on how women are affected by corruption and we seek ways to redress it when it occurs. We also focus on strengthening women’s participation in leadership positions and also economic empowerment programs. We campaign against sextortion and encouraging victims to report and seek justice. We also focus on whistleblower protection making sure that victims or witnesses of corruption are protected by the law.
Important achievements for your organisation over the past 2 years
Our achievements so far is a research paper on corruption in the education sector in Zimbabwe . We have carried out the research in 2021. We also carried out advocacy work on corruption in the health sector specifically access to sexual and reproductive health care services which is hindered by bribery and informal payments. This advocacy is still ongoing and we will be carrying another research paper on this issue. We also did citizens education on corruption and encouraging citizens to participate in campaigning against corruption.
Specific description of the CSO’s work in anti-corruption
Our organization focuses on strengthening women’s participation in campaigning against corruption through capacity building of women and girls. We create credible platforms for women and girls in marginalized communities to come up and share their experiences and challenges they encounter when seeking basic services such as healthcare including SRHR and maternal health. We then seek ways to address their concerns and refer them to relevant offices for further assistance.
CSO’s work in relation to the UNCAC and the UNCAC review mechanism
So far we haven’t contributed to UNCAC review process but we are willing to do so in future. As an organization focusing on gendered impact of corruption, we would be glad if the issue of gender is given attention and included in the UNCAC review process. We are willing to write parallel reports on the review processes. In Zimbabwe there has been significant progress so far when it comes to implementing UNCAC provisions especially on asset recovery and the national anti corruption strategy though a lot more has to be done.
Anti-corruption activities CSO was involved in over the past 2 years
We have been involved in carrying out research on the prevalence of corruption in the education sector in Zimbabwe and how it has affected the quality of education in Zimbabwe. The findings shows that the education sector has become commercialised such that learners coming from poor families are deprived of their right to education.